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Smart Gloves

Make Smart Gloves to use on a smart phone or tablet using Superior Conductive Thread

Smart Gloves


Smart phones and tablet computers have revolutionized the gadget industry.  Convenience for emails, browsing the web, online shopping, is literally at our fingertips. However, there is a common inconvenience that comes with the smart phone and tablet industry when matched with cold weather.  We can’t navigate through the touchscreen with our gloves on.  Having to remove our gloves each time to access an app or to take a phone call becomes a big hassle during the cold months. The smart phones and tablets of today no longer operate with pressure-sensitive touchscreens.  Today’s touchscreen technology works from electric current.  Our bodies carry electric current very well. Fibers such as cotton, wool, polyester, rayon, leather, etc. don’t conduct electricity.  When our fingers meet the touchscreen on our phones/tablets, it completes the circuit necessary for the screen to react and function as we intend it to but when we are wearing gloves, the electric current does not get passed through the glove to the touchscreen. Superior Conductive Thread is an innovative thread that carries electricity and completes electrical circuits. It is made from stainless steel fiber and bridges the gap between glove and skin and allows electric current to flow through its fibers.

Here are the simple steps to creating Smart Phone or Tablet Gloves.

Step 1. Get a pair of gloves that you often wear and would like to stitch some conductive thread into the fingertips, hand sewing needle (a needle with a blunt end is better than a sharp pointed needle.  I like to use a needle called “Yarn Darner”), and 18 inches of Superior Conductive Thread for each fingertip you want to sew. Caution:  On Ebay and Etsy some people advertise conductive thread at a cheap price but it is not made from stainless steel fiber and will not carry electrical circuits.    Superior brand is the only brand I’ve found that is actually stainless steel fiber.  Because I didn’t trust merchants on ebay and etsy I decided to sell sewing kits with the stainless steel thread with a yarn darner sewing needle. Step 2. Take 18″ of Superior Conductive Thread, thread through the eye of a hand-sewing needle with, equal amounts on both sides and tie a knot in the end. (Doubled up, you will have 9″ of thread from the needle’s eye) Step 3. Turn your glove inside out and put your glove on. Step 4. Stitch Superior Conductive Thread into the fingertips of the index finger and thumb. Please be careful not to prick your finger! (These two digits are the main digits used for phones. Please stitch the Conductive Thread on all fingers if you expect to use your tablet’s touch-screen keyboard.) Step 5. The goal to achieve when stitching is to make sure that the conductive thread is touching your skin and touching the screen at the same time. For each section of stitch on the outside of the glove, stitch an equal length on the inside.  This does not require many stitches, 4-5 sections will do the trick. (See above image for suggested stitch pattern) Step 6 – Remove the glove and tie off the thread end.  Snip off the tails and you’re all done! easy and inexpensive gift idea  

Click here for the Printable Instructions and Gift Tag

Smart Gloves Sewing Kit

Sewing Kit for one pair of gloves comes with 2 yards of Superior Conductive Thread and a Yarn Darning Sewing needle. This is enough thread to do 4 fingers. Cost for the kit includes free shipping $3.00

Sewing Kit to make 2 pairs of gloves comes with 4 years of Superior Conductive Thread and a Yarn Darning Sewing needle. This is enough thread to do 8 fingers. Cost for the kit includes free shipping $5.00

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Lime Vinaigrette Recipes

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Quinoa is a unique grain with an earthy flavor, making it perfect for salads. Quinoa is one of the most nutritious grains you can find. Not only is it an excellent source of protein, but is also a good source of dietary fiber, calcium, iron and phosphorous. This Quinoa Salad in a Jar recipe has a non-fat Lime vinaigrette with a perfect blend of coriander, jalapeno and cumin. Each jar is a meal for 1 person or can be served as 4 side dish servings. This salad has been one of the favorites among participants in the classes I teach.

I buy Freeze Dried Apricots and Organic Quinoa at Honeyville. I also like to buy Quinoa from the bulk section at Winco Foods. The website link for Honeyville can be found at the bottom of this webpage.

 

Quinoa Salad with Apricots and Pistachios

Makes 4 Salads in a Jar

If this salad is served as a side salad it will make 4 servings we jar

Shopping List

1 package Lime Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
2/3 cup uncooked Quinoa
1 large head Romaine Lettuce (8 cups greens)
Golden Raisins (1/2 cup is needed)
1 bunch green onions chopped, or 1 purple onion diced
Shelled salted pistachios (1/2 cup is needed)
1/2 cup Freeze Dried or Dehydrated Apricot pieces

Instructions
2 cups water      2/3 cup uncooked quinoa    1/3 teaspoon salt
Combine water, quinoa, and salt in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes. I usually cook the quinoa until the water is absorbed but if there is water left it should be drained off the quinoa.  Set aside to let it cool.

Layer 1:   1/8 cup golden raisins
Layer 2:  Divide the Vinaigrette between the 4 jars (2-3 Tablespoons in each jar)
Layer 3:  1/3 cup cooked quinoa
Layer 4:   1 TBL chopped green onion or purple onion
Layer 5:  2 cups Lettuce or salad greens
In a baggie on top:  1/8 cup freeze dried apricots or dehydrated apricot pieces and 1/8 cup shelled dry roasted pistachios

Meal – 1 Jar (405 calories):  remove baggie from the jar.  Put the lid back on the jar and shake the ingredients in the jar to mix the salad ingredients. Pour the salad on a plate and then sprinkle the apricots and pistachios over the salad. The salad can also be mixed on the plate instead of shaking the ingredients in the jar.

Salad can be served as a side dish. Each jar makes 4 side dish servings (101 calories per serving). Pour the salad jar into a large bowl and stir the ingredients. Sprinkle apricots and pistachios on the salad. When the bowl is almost empty add another jar to the bowl. If all of the salad jars are not served the jars can be stored in the fridge for a week.

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Desserts In a Jar

For about a year now I’ve been converting my recipes into dehydrated ingredients so I could store them in canning jars. Last year was the first time in my life that I entered anything in Utah State Fair. I learned a lot and won 3 ribbons on my canned items. This year I decided to be brave and try some baked items in the fair. I wanted to see how 4 of my dessert in a jar recipes would compete with recipes that have fresh ingredients. I didn’t have enough self confidence to think I would ever place first, but I thought if I could just get a ribbon on anything I entered I could at least have enough bragging rights to say the jar recipes are just as good as using fresh ingredients. To much of my surprise.. I got a ribbon on everything I entered.

As I have been learning about the ingredients used in these recipes I’ve learned some important facts that I wanted to share with you.

Butter Powder

I replaced butter in a couple of recipes and discovered it doesn’t act like oil in the recipe. You can add water to butter powder and make a spreadable butter but when you use it in a recipe it changes the way the recipe bakes. When I made chocolate chip cookies with butter powder it made the cookie puff up the way pumpkin cookies do. I also used it when baking bread sticks. I spread the hydrated butter on the dough and when I baked the bread sticks the water evaporated out of the butter powder and it left a burned powder on the bread sticks. For this reason I now leave butter out of the jar and add the butter when making the dessert.

Baking Powder

Baking powder only has 1-2 year shelf life (the date of expiration on the container is the shelf life of baking powder and can shorten the shelf life of the recipe) Baking soda shelf life is indefinite and cream of tarter shelf life is indefinite. Here is the secret.. 2 parts cream of tarter + 1 part baking soda = baking powder. I’m thinking if the recipe calls for baking powder I can substitute the baking soda and cream of tarter in the place of baking powder and separate the two ingredients in the jar. It seems the chemical reaction of the two ingredients is what makes a shorter shelf life. When I write recipes I calculate the shelf life and if the jar will have about a 2 year shelf life because of other ingredients I use baking powder. If the recipe has a longer shelf life but the baking powder shortens the life of the Jar I use cream of tarter and baking soda instead.

Powder Egg Products

Egg products are different among the different brands. Each brand takes a different amount of water to hydrate the eggs. Each brand has a different shelf life. Each brand reacts differently after the can is opened… for example: Some brands tell you to store the eggs in the refrigerator after the can is opened and to use the product within 30 days. Other brands tell you it’s safe to keep the opened can on the shelf (unrefrigerated) for 1 year. It is VERY important to understand the powder egg product that you purchase so that you don’t get sick. In my recipes that take powdered whole egg I use Augason brand because it doesn’t have to be refrigerated after the can is open and when the egg is sealed in a Jar it has a 10 year shelf life. I am not a sales representative for any products but I put the link to the Augason website so that you can find the produces I use in my recipes. I have found Augason brand eggs at Windco, Walmart and Macey’s Grocery stores. I watch for the product to go on sale and usually buy it at Macey’s when they have case lot sales.


Ingredients in a Can

Some ingredients purchased at the store in a can is better to keep in food storage that way than it is to buy it in a dehydrated or freeze dried form. The Pumpkin Bread recipe is a perfect example of this. Dehydrated pumpkin powder is pretty expensive so I put this ingredient in my food storage in a 15 ounce can and then I put the other dry ingredients for the recipe in a jar. My #1 goal is make food storage as cheap as possible.
Shortening

I use shortening powder in some recipes and other recipes I don’t use the powder. Usually my decision is based on the amount of space I have in the jar for the ingredients. I purchased a DVD by Wendy Dewitt about food storage and I learned you can store shortening in half pint sized jars and it will have a 10 year shelf life. It was extremely easy to do and I like having shortening in smaller quantities because I don’t use it very often and my shortening would go rancid in larger containers.
shortening-foodstorage You can purchase a large can of shortening from Sam’s club or Costco.
1) Place the shortening in a pot and melt it on the stove.
2) Pour the shortening in clean half pint canning jars
3) Clean the glass rim to make sure there is no shortening on the jar
4) Place a new canning lid on the jar and screw on the metal ring
5) Set the jars aside until the shortening cools and the jar will automatically seal. You do not need to process the jar in a hot water bath cannier.

Feb 2014 I purchased a large can of Crisco at Sam’s club for $7.48. It cost $.53 per cup of shortening. (1 half pint sized jar). Butter flavor Crisco is a great item to have in food storage for cookie recipes that call for butter. Because the jar measures 1 cup I don’t even get a measuring cup out when I make the Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, I simply just take half of the shortening out of the jar for 1/2 cup.

Store Oatmeal Cookies in a Jar for food storage

Store Oatmeal Cookies in a Jar for food storage

The first place ribbon I received in the 2014 Utah State Fair was on the Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. I also won the C & H Sugar award on this recipe.. so there you have it, I have proof this recipe is an award winning recipe and can be stored on the shelf in a jar for 3 years. The cookies I entered in the fair had been stored in a jar for 1 year. The raisins weren’t as soft as when I placed them in the jar so I put the baggie of raisins in a little bit of hot water and let them soak for about 5 minutes. I then drained off the water and poured the raisins on a paper towel and blotted them dry before adding them to the cookie dough.



Oatmeal Raisin Cookies in a Jar

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies in a Jar

           

Raisin Oatmeal Cookies in a Jar
Recipe Type: Recipe in a Jar for Food Storage
Author: Homemaking Divas
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 18 cookies
[img src=”http://homemakingdivas.com/app/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/label-picture2.jpg” width=”400″ height=”257″class=”aligncenter”] This Oatmeal Raisin Cookie recipe has a 3 year shelf life when its sealed wide mouth canning jar. Put ingredients in a wide mouth canning jar in the order given. Clean the glass rim of the jar with a clean damp cloth and make sure the canning lid is also clean. To remove the oxygen from the jar either place an oxygen absorber in the top of the jar or use a Food Saver to remove the oxygen. See detailed instructions to seal the jar on this weblink http://homemakingdivas.com/mealinjar_intro/
Ingredients
  • In the jar:
Instructions
  1. Put ingredients in a quart wide mouth canning jar in the order listed above. Clean the glass rim of the jar with a clean damp cloth and make sure the canning lid is also clean. To remove the oxygen from the jar either place an oxygen absorber in the top of the jar or use a Food Saver to remove the oxygen. See detailed instructions to seal the jar on this weblink http://homemakingdivas.com/mealinjar_intro/
  2. [img src=”http://homemakingdivas.com/app/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Oatmeal-Raisin-Cookie-Tag.jpg” width=”400″ height=”284″class=”alignleft”]
  3. Print the instruction tag and attach it to the jar
Serving size: 1 Calories: 188 Fat: 6.3 g Saturated fat: 3.5 Carbohydrates: 30.3 g Sugar: 15.1 g Sodium: 117.1 mg Fiber: 1.7 g Cholesterol: 23.8 mg

                              

Printable Recipe with cooking instructions and Jar Tag for Oatmeal Raisin Cookies in a Jar

   

Pumpkin Bread in a Jar Recipe

Pumpkin Bread in a Jar Recipe

   

Place tag on the outside of the jar with a rubber band.  If the tags are laminated they can be reused

Tag for Pumpkin Bread in a Jar

Tag for Pumpkin Bread in a Jar

Click here for Printable Pumpkin Bread Recipe

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Introduction to Meals in a Jar

The class teaches how to prepare the meals for long term storage and also when its ok to use a zip lock freezer bag for 1 year storage for some recipes. The class teaches how to calculate the shelf life of the recipe. This class teaches the difference between Freeze Dried and Dehydrated Ingredients, and how to customize a recipe for dietary needs.

Click here for the Introduction to Meals in a Jar webpage

Introduction to Meals in a Jar

Introduction to Meals in a Jar

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Oxygen Absorbers and using the Foodsaver

The class teaches how to prepare the meals for long term storage with Oxygen Absorbers and the FoodSaver
Click here for the FoodSaver webpage foodsaver_meal

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Oatmeal Recipes in a Jar

The Oatmeal page teaches about the Health Benefits of Oatmeal and the 3 different kinds of oatmeal that can be used in meals in a jar recipes. The file highlights products such as powdered milk, chicken broth powder, powdered flavorings, freeze dried and dehydrated fruits that are used in the oatmeal in a jar recipes.

Click Here for Oatmeal in a Jar webpage

Meal in a Jar - Oatmeal Recipes

Meal in a Jar – Oatmeal Recipes

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Jalapeno Jelly

 

Jalapeno Jelly is a wonderful gift to make and give your family, friends and neighbors.  You might find this Jelly to purchase but it costs $6-$10 per bottle. The cost to make it yourself is $2-$3. It is a great gift to make in the fall when the vegetables are cheaper and then you have this gift finished months before Christmas.  Most people like to serve it on cream cheese and crackers when they have a holiday party. In the printable file below is a list of ideas of how to serve the jelly. When I give these bottles as a gift I print off the list and give it with the jar.
 
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Jalapeno Jelly

6 jalapeno peppers
2 medium bell peppers
1 1/2 cup cider vinegar
5  1/2 cups sugar
6 oz box liquid pectin

Note:  throw away rubber gloves and wash all the items used to remove the seeds and stems from the jalapeno peppers.   Make sure to wash your hands and do not touch face.

Makes 6-7    1/2 pint jars

 

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Knitted Dishcloth

 

Materials: 1 skein Cotton 4 ply yarn; Size 8 (US) knitting needles,  Darning needle, drop of superglue.

Instructions:

Cast on 5 stitches

Row 1: Knit 5

Row 2: Knit 2, yarn over (this is called an increase stitch), knit across the row. Turn the knitting around and start another row.
Repeat Row 2 until you have 42 stitches on the knitting needle.

Row 43: Knit 1, Knit 2 together (this is called a decrease stitch), yarn over, knit 2 together (another decrease), knit to the end of the row.

Repeat Row 43 until you have 5 stitches on the needle.

Bind off

The dishcloths above were made with Holly Jolly and Pretty Pastel Cotton Yarn

Handout

The handout has complete step by step instructions that teach how to do the stitches. The lesson teaches how to cast on, knit, incease, decrease and bind off. There are pictures of each stitch. The lesson also teaches you how to finish the dish cloth.

Included are the instructions on how to make the angle shape and a tag to print

Purchase the Handout for the Knitted Dishcloth $2.00. The PDF file will be emailed to your email address


Lesson Plan: 

The Lesson Plan is for a teacher who will teach how to knit the dishrag to a group of women, such as the Enrichment Classes in Relief Society for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  This lesson plan will help you plan the class, it gives a list of items you need; suggestions where to buy items for the class; signup sheets; a check list with a schedule to prepare for the class.

The Lesson Plan PDF file does not include the handout so you will need to purchase that file. As a teacher you will need to purchase a copy of the handout for each person who signs up to attend the class. If you will provide feedback after the class I will refund half of this cost, in a credit for you to use for future purchases.

Purchase the Lesson Plan file for the Knitted Dishcloth Class $2.00. The PDF file will be emailed to your email address.

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Spiralizing

My new found love is the Sprializer!  I impulsively purchased the Paderno-World Cuisine Vegetable Slicer on amazon with the goal of making salads in a jar.  I then started doing research on the internet to learn more about this awesome tool and I found the website Inspiralized   I was so happy to see to see they were promoting the same spiralizer I had impulsively purchased!

Spiralizer
 
The Inspiralized website is a blog by Alissandra Maffucci and she is a Spiralizing Diva!  When I saw all the work she had already completed and the awesome lessons she taught about the spiralizer I definitely wanted to feature her work.  On her blog she describes the word Inspiralizing as- “Spiralizing is the art of taking vegetables and turning them into noodles. Inspiralized is what you and the dish become afterwards – a healthier and inspired version!
 
Ali MaffucciAli has been an inspiration to me.  The section of Ali’s website that I first fell in love with was the ” how to spiralize” section. She has a video clip on how to spiralize different kinds of vegetables, a spiralizing tutorial and she explains the different kinds of blades that can be used.   CLICK HERE

 

I’m going to leave it up to “Ali, the Spiralizer Diva” to teach you how to spiralize and I’m going to focus on those salads in a jar and posting recipes along the way.
 
My first attempt with the spiralizer was of course 3 meals! I like to make my first meal different from the salads so I don’t feel like I’m eating the same meal every day. This is a great recipe because 3 different salads in a jar can be made to help change things up. The first meal cooked for dinner has Shrimp that is marinated in a Lime Vinaigrette. The shrimp can be cooked in a sauce pan in the vinaigrette or can be grilled on skewers. Make extra Shrimp to use in the Spiralized Zucchini Shrimp Salad in a Jar. As a side dish corn on the cob is grilled and extra corn is made to use in the Roasted Corn and Zucchini Salad jar. As a side dish cook Cilantro Lime Rice for dinner and make extra to use in the Mexican Rice Salad Jar. Chicken can be substituted for the shrimp and those instructions are in the Chicken section Click Here. On that webpage you will find this Vinaigrette in the Quinoa Salad with Apricots and Pistachios. This Lime Vinaigrette has been such a popular and versatile vinaigrette that I am going to produce it to sell in salad dressing packages, which will save on prep time because you just add water to the package. The best part of all, is this Vinaigrette is fat free, making all of these recipes included lower in calories.
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Another tool that I have not used yet but I feel might be useful and less expensive is the Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Cutter

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Decorating Mason Jars

Decorate a mason jar with wire garland

Decorate a mason jar with wire garland

Decorating Mason Jars for a party adds color all around the room and it’s an inexpensive way to decorate the event. Pictured below is star wire garland wrapped around a salad in a jar for a 4th of July party. The salad jars can be made and decorated the day before the party and then stored in the refrigerator until serving time. This step makes it easier on the host because the work completed in advance.
Also pictured is holly wire garland to decorate “Oatmeal Raisin Cookies” in a jar to be given as a Christmas Gift.
 



 

Wire garland comes in all shapes and colors and can be used for parties throughout the year. It can be found at the party store, craft store or ordered from Amazon.com
 

Mother's Day Salad in a Jar

Mother’s Day Salad in a Jar

 

I can’t think of a Mother on this planet who wants to cook on Mother’s Day! Making Salads in a Jar in advance will give all mothers a break on this holiday because the meal can be made in advance. The printable Mother’s Day file is a fun way to show the mothers in your life you’ve been thinking about them and want to make the day special.

Not only can salads in a jar be made for a family get together but you can make extra salad jars to take to the Mothers in your life who live alone, or take them to your friends who you think are awesome moms.

The printable file is an easy way to decorate your gift. All you do is print 1 page on white card stalk and cut out the pieces.

I like to use an 8 inch doily to decorate the Mother’s Day jar. Center the doily on top of the metal jar lid and then place the salad jar topper on top of the doily. Screw the metal band on the jar to hold the topper in place.

The jar wrapper comes with two pieces that are taped together and then wrapped around the jar and taped in place. It’s easier than wrapping a gift!

Mother's Day Salads in a Jar

Mother’s Day Salads in a Jar

To make the tag you punch a hole in the top of the tag and put a rubber band on the tag so it can be easily placed on the jar. Finish with a ribbon around the bottle and tie a plastic fork to the jar when you tie a bow.

The printable file has the Salad Jar topper, wrapper and Mother’s Day tag. The File also comes with a floral wrapper for a water bottle. cost is $1.00 and payment is processed thru PayPal

Click Here for Salad in a Jar Recipes and Instructions

Jalapeno Jelly Jar Decorated for Christmas

Jalapeno Jelly Jar Decorated to give as a Christmas Gift


 


 
    I love to give homemade bottled food for Christmas in a decorated jar. Pictured is Jalapeno Jelly instructions can be found here You can order labels on the “Ever Mine” Website
 
The oval label is about $.30 each plus shipping. The cheaper method is to make your own labels using Avery Oval Labels #22814. Walmart carries these for about $9.00 for a package of 90 oval labels. (Making them $.10 each). You could find Avery labels at office supply stores also.

At the Avery website CLICK HERE You will find a lot of good label templates. First type in the Avery label number and it will search for the label. You can then pick a template

The website walks you step by step on how to make the label. You can delete pictures and add your own clipart. You can move the text box around; choose your font and the size.

When printing labels, you can choose to print the number of labels you want instead of printing the whole sheet.

The following link is a printable page that can printed on the Avery 22814 labels or a full page sticker sheet. You can also print this page on card stalk and use the ovals for a tag.
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Kraft paper was used on the jar pictured above. Lay the top of the jar on craft paper or a brown paper bag and trace around the jar. Then mark 1- 1 1/2 inches around the circle so you can cut the circle larger. Use bakers twine to tie around the jar.   Bakers Twine can be expensive so you need to shop around. I have seen it cost as much as $5.00 for a spool with only 30 yards. Instead of shopping in the baking section or the party store.. go to the crochet section at the craft store and find Aunt Lydia’s Baker’s Cotton. The ball of thread has 150 yards for about $5. I also found this fantastic deal on Amazon. The cone has 766 yards.  
 
 
 

Decorate a Mason Jar as a Thanksgiving Thank You Gift

Decorate a Mason Jar as a Thanksgiving Thank You Gift


 



 
This decorated jar is such a fun gift to give in November! Especially when it’s filled with a Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread recipe. The PDF printable file comes with 2 Jar Toppers that have a picture of a cornucopia. One topper says “Thank You”. The PDF file has both regular mouth sized toppers and wide mouth toppers. The wrapper circles the jar with thanksgiving pictures.
 
Cost for 6 page file $1.00
 
       
 
 
 

 
 
Click here for the Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Decorate a Mason Jar with a Fabric Bow

Decorate a Mason Jar with a Fabric Bow

 

It is so much fun to decorate Mason Jars for Christmas Gifts. When I used fabric to decorate the jar I don’t cut strips of fabric with scissors. I like to tear the fabric in strips because it leave a frayed edge along the strip. It is cheaper to decorate the jar this way than it is to buy ribbon. The first strip you tear off will be uneven so discard that piece. The next strip will have frayed edges on both sides of the strip. Tie the fabric strip around the jar, tie a bow and then trim the ends to the desired length. You can insert a holly or berry sprig, mini fall leaves or spring flowers.

Decorate a Mason Jar with a Printable wrapper and Jar Topper

Decorate a Mason Jar with a Printable wrapper and Jar Topper


 


   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Using Jute Cord to tie around the jars is very inexpensive and can be found at the home improvement stores like Lowes or Home Depot. Green can be used at Christmas and the Tan cord can be used any time of the year. This printable file has jar wrappers, jar toppers for both regular mouth and wide mouth sized jars and two different gift tags. These gift tags can be used with the meal in a jar tags throughout this website. I print the file on card stalk and then cut the pieces out.
 
 
Cost for the 5 page printable file is $1.00  
 
       

 
 
   

 
 
 
 
 
Click here for the Introduction to Meals in a Jar webpage

Introduction to Meals in a Jar

Introduction to Meals in a Jar

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Sealing Meals in A Jar with a FoodSaver

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The FoodSaver comes with a hose attachment that can be used with jar sealer attachments.

 

 

 

The Jar Attachments are designed for Ball® and Kerr® brand wide-mouth and regular-mouth mason jars.

Wide-mouth Jar Sealers can only be used with wide-mouth jars and the Regular Jar Sealers can be used with the regular mason jars.

If a meal has a lot of powder ingredients the jar may not seal because the powder can get sucked between the glass edge and the metal lid. To avoid this from happening place a paper inside the jar to help keep the powder in the jar.

Use a paper towel and trace the shape of the metal lid.

Cut the ink line off when you are cutting the circles. Fit the paper down inside of the jar. Make sure the paper is not up on the top glass rim when putting the lid on the jar.  

The attachments have a rubber seal on the inside
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The hose attaches to the Foodsaver and then the other end attaches to the top of jar sealer

Make sure the glass jar is clean and free from powdered food particles.

Put the Mason jar lid on top of the jar (do not put the metal band/ring on the jar, just the flat lid), and then fit the sealer attachment over the top of the jar lid.

Each model of Foodsaver is different and you should follow the instructions for the model that you own.  Some Foodsavers need you to push the “Attachment” button.  The model V3230, used in these instructions, needs to have the sealer door locked down into place before the hose will suck the air.

When you push the button to start the foodsaver it will vacuum all the air out of the jar and shut off automatically when all the air is out of the jar.

Remove the hose from the top of the sealer attachment to release the vacuum seal.   Remove the jar sealer attachment from the jar. 

Note:  The FoodSaver bags are not designed to store food for long term storage.  You can use a Mylar bag but cannot use the bags designed for the FoodSaver.  

Wait for a while before putting the metal band on the jars to make sure the lid is securely sealed.  Sometimes the powder ingredients may get sucked between the glass rim and the metal lid and the powder might break the seal.  If the lid doesn’t seal look to see if the plastic baggie is laying on top of the glass rim or if there is some powdery ingredients on the glass.  If this should happen clean the glass rim again and try to seal the jar again.  If there is too much powder in the jar you might have a hard time getting the jar sealed.  An example of this might be a bread recipe that has a lot of flour.  

If you can’t get the jar sealed you can put an oxygen absorber in the jar instead of sealing with the FoodSaver.

Another reason why a jar might not seal is if there is a chip in the glass on the rim.  If you should see a chip in the glass the ingredients can be placed in a new jar.  The chipped jar can be used for another purpose but it can’t be used in canning or when sealing dehydrated ingredients. 

 

 

Click here for the printable file
 

 

 
 

 

 
To read more details about the Foodsaver that is pictured you can click on this Amazon link. I use my Foodsaver to seal food that I store in the freezer, in fact, I use the FoodSaver so much it has earned a permanent place on my kitchen counter.

The foodsaver that is less expensive will work for meals in a jar also. Make sure to purchase a model that has the hose attachment.

When I was shopping for the attachments they were a little hard to find in the stores so I purchased my attachments on Amazon.
This first link is for the Regular Jar Sealer



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This link is for the Wide Mouth Jar Sealer

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Introduction to Meals in a Jar

The class teaches how to prepare the meals for long term storage and also when its ok to use a zip lock freezer bag for 1 year storage for some recipes. The class teaches how to calculate the shelf life of the recipe. This class teaches the difference between Freeze Dried and Dehydrated Ingredients, and how to customize a recipe for dietary needs.

Click here for the Introduction to Meals in a Jar webpage

Introduction to Meals in a Jar

Introduction to Meals in a Jar

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Oatmeal in a Jar

The Oatmeal in a Jar class teaches about the Health Benefits of Oatmeal and the 3 different kinds of oatmeal that can be used in meals in a jar recipes. Included is a section that teaches how to store shortening in food storage and a recipe for the cream of mushroom soup that is used in the meat and potato pie meal. The class highlights products such as powdered milk, chicken broth powder, powdered flavorings, freeze dried and dehydrated fruits that are used in the oatmeal in a jar recipes. A 17 page PDF file is available that includes the 21 recipes with instructions. You can purchase a 48 page file that has the tags for each meal in a jar.
Recipes featured in this class are:Carrot Cake Breakfast Oatmeal, Quick Oatmeal recipes and Crock pot Steal Cut Oats. Dessert Recipes are Oatmeal Raisin Cookies in a jar and Apple Crisp.

Click Here for Oatmeal in a Jar webpage

Meal in a Jar - Oatmeal Recipes

Meal in a Jar – Oatmeal Recipes

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Desserts in a Jar

Dessert recipes are great to have in food storage because they are quick and easy to fix. I love pulling a jar off the shelf knowing I have all of the ingredients and I don’t have to run to the store. In 2014 decided to enter a couple of the recipes in the state fair to see how they would compare to recipes with fresh ingredients and was excited to bring home a first and second place ribbon. Now I can say they are award winning recipes

Dessert recipes in a jar

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Introduction to Meals in a Jar

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Meals in a Jar Introduction

Meals in a Jar Introduction

Meals in a jar are easy to cook The ingredients are already cut up and measured so when you get ready to make the meal you only have a few steps to prepare the meal. Most recipes just need water added at cooking time.
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The size of the jar is versatile and can be made for the number of servings in your household.

The quart size meals in a jar makes a meal for a family of 5-6 and averages about 9 cups of prepared food. The meals can be made in Mylar bags, but canning jars are preferable because the jar is reusable. When canning jars in a hot water bath you need to buy a new lid every time you bottle food but making a meal in a jar is different. You need a new lid the first time you make a meal but that lid can be reused later.

Mylar bags are good to send with college students or friends that will throw away the jar.

The pint sized meals in a jar are perfect for a single person or a couple. The hardest part about cooking after your family leaves home is all the leftover food. The pint size meal makes 2-3 servings so you won’t get tired of the food. If you only want one serving you can cut the recipe in half and use a half pint size jar.

Plan on a side dish to go with a meal in addition to some kind of bread. I try to add a salad as my side dish whenever I can. In an emergency, the jar meal is more than enough for your family.

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It’s a practical way to have a “grab-n-go” meal for any occasion.  I keep some instant oatmeal jars at work in case I can’t break away for lunch.   You can take quart sized jars out of town when you’re visiting family and some of the recipes can be taken camping.  They are easy to prepare and in most cases you just add water to cook them.  These meals are easy enough your kids can cook them.

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Making Meals in a Jar is the easiest method of preparing food storage.  There isn’t liquid in the jar and you don’t have to water bath the jars or pressure can the way you preserve foods with liquid. Measure the ingredients into the jar while working in a dry environment, put the oxygen absorber in the jar and put on a new canning lid. The oxygen absorber will vacuum pack the jar and take all of the air out of it. A FoodSaver also can be used with the jars but you cannot use Foodsaver bags because the plastic is too porous.
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The cost savings buying in bulk is a huge advantage.   When was the last time you bought a 25 or 50 lb bag of oatmeal?   I’ve never had the benefit of that cost savings but now that I make meals in a jars I can get that savings.  Also, I buy the products in #10 cans when they go on sale and I eventually have all the products to put the jars together.

Another cost savings comes because you are just using the amount of the ingredient that is needed.   How many times have you purchased a bundle of celery to put in a soup and then threw away the unused portion later?  When I make a soup recipe in a jar now I am not wasting unused ingredients.

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Planning the number of meals you want in your food storage is easy.  Just think about how often your family would eat the recipe.  For example.  If you want to have oatmeal once every two weeks and you want a year supply of that recipe you would make 26 jars.  You will have a great peace of mind all of the ingredients are in your food storage to make the meal.   If the recipe you bottle has additional ingredients that need to be added when cooking then buy those when you bottle the meal in a jar so you will know your food storage is complete.

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Rotate your food Storage.  The most important thing I have learned over the years is to not buy a two year supply of wheat & beans, and try to find a place to put it for 30 years.  You need to be eating your food storage on a daily basis and rotating it so that your body is use to digesting that food already.
Making Meals in a Jar is a great way to rotate your food storage and your family will be accustom to eating those ingredients

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The Shelf Life of the Meals in a jar has an average 5-15 years, depending on the ingredients used. The #10 cans have a shelf life of about 6-12 months after you open them. You can extend the shelf life of the ingredients in the #10 can after opening it by dividing the ingredients among canning jars and then putting an oxygen absorber in the jars. The Oxygen absorber will absorb the oxygen in the jar and extend the shelf life back to the original life of the can before it was opened. When you make a meal in a jar you are doing the same thing.

Meat and Egg products should not be kept in an open can. It needs to be refrigerated or stored in a sealed bottle.

To figure out the shelf life of your recipe, list all of the ingredients of your recipe and then list the shelf life. The product with the lowest shelf life then becomes the shelf life of your meal.

Prepare to make the meals in a Jar

If you need to buy new canning jars, buy wide mouth jars so you will have enough room to put bags of ingredients.   Regular mouth jars can be used if the recipe does not instruct you to put ingredients in a baggie.

Wash the jars, lids, measuring spoons and cups the day before in the dish washer and let them air dry overnight.  All items used must be 100% dry when making the jars.  Make sure to thoroughly wash your hands and the surface you are preparing the meals on.

Use a canning funnel to help pour the ingredients in the jar.

Most recipe instructions tell you to put the larger ingredients in the jar first and then the smaller ingredients on top.  Tap the jar to knock the smaller ingredients down into the larger pieces.   This will help make room in the jar so more ingredients will fit in the jar.

Some recipes will instruct you to place ingredients in a plastic bag so they can be added to the recipe in a separate step.  When purchasing plastic bags, do not buy ziplock bags.  Purchase the cheap sandwich size bags that use twist ties or that fold over the top of the sandwich.  When a larger bag is needed, use a gallon size. Try to remove as much air from the baggie as possible before putting the twist tie on the bag.   Cut the extra plastic off the bag about 1 inch above the twist tie.

The Oxygen Absorber is placed on the top of the ingredients.  You can also use a jar attachment on the Foodsaver.  (Instructions to follow)  If the oxygen absorber has a tendency to hang out of the jar tuck the corners down into the jar to keep it in place.

The next step is to remove the dry ingredients from the rim of the jar.   Before placing the lid on the jar wipe off the glass with a damp rag or a Lysol wipe and let the glass dry.  This step will help the lid seal to the glass.

Click here for printable instructions – Introduction to meals in a jar

 

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Oxygen Absorbers and using the Foodsaver

The class teaches how to prepare the meals for long term storage with Oxygen Absorbers and the FoodSaver

Sealing meals in a jar with a foodsaver

Using a Foodsaver to seal meals in a jar

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Oatmeal in a Jar

The Oatmeal in a Jar class teaches about the Health Benefits of Oatmeal and the 3 different kinds of oatmeal that can be used in meals in a jar recipes. Included is a section that teaches how to store shortening in food storage and a recipe for the cream of mushroom soup that is used in the meat and potato pie meal. The class highlights products such as powdered milk, chicken broth powder, powdered flavorings, freeze dried and dehydrated fruits that are used in the oatmeal in a jar recipes. A 17 page PDF file is available that includes the 21 recipes with instructions. You can purchase a 48 page file that has the tags for each meal in a jar.
Recipes featured in this class are:Carrot Cake Breakfast Oatmeal, Quick Oatmeal recipes and Crock pot Steal Cut Oats. Dessert Recipes are Oatmeal Raisin Cookies in a jar and Apple Crisp.

Click Here for Oatmeal in a Jar webpage

Meal in a Jar - Oatmeal Recipes

Meal in a Jar – Oatmeal Recipes

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Desserts in a Jar

Dessert recipes are great to have in food storage because they are quick and easy to fix. I love pulling a jar off the shelf knowing I have all of the ingredients and I don’t have to run to the store. In 2014 decided to enter a couple of the recipes in the state fair to see how they would compare to recipes with fresh ingredients and was excited to bring home a first and second place ribbon. Now I can say they are award winning recipes

Dessert recipes in a jar

Dessert Recipes in a Jar for Food Storage

 

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Meals In A Jar – Oatmeal Recipes

Oatmeal Health Benefits

1. Oatmeal lowers cholesterol because it is rich in soluble fiber

2. Oatmeal can reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure

3. Oatmeal is full of antioxidants, which reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease

4. Oatmeal prevents the arteries from hardening. When oatmeal is paired with vitamin C, the cardiovascular benefits of oatmeal are enhanced, so drink a glass of orange juice or eat some citrus with your oatmeal

5. Oatmeal can prevent the development of breast cancer

6. Oatmeal stabilizes blood sugar

7. Oatmeal will also prevent the development of diabetes

8. Oatmeal gives the immune system a boost

9. Eating oatmeal can prevent weight gain

10. Those who cannot eat gluten can eat oatmeal

You can make several meals and put them in a ziplock storage bag and the meal will have a 1 year shelf life. Usually you can’t store a meal in a ziplock bag but these oatmeal recipes do not contain any egg or meat products. If you put the oatmeal recipe in a canning jar with an oxygen absorber the shelf life will be 5-15 years.

When looking for oatmeal recipes that are suitable to store in a jar  beware of recipes that use a lot of powdered butter, pudding or powdered smoothie ingredients because they add a lot of calories and reduce the shelf life of the jars to 3-5 years. The recipes on this website are healthy and have a long shelf life. Meal in a jar recipes are wonderful to make because you can change the recipe to fit your dietary needs. I use Stevia instead of sugar to sweeten my oatmeal and add chia seed to my jars. Adding Chia Seed and/or nuts to the Oatmeal in a Jar will shorten the shelf life of the jar.  Learn about shelf life of meals and how to make them by clicking this link  Introduction to Meals in a Jar

Carrot Cake Breakfast Oatmeal with Regular Oats

Carrot Cake Breakfast Oatmeal in a Jar

Carrot Cake Breakfast Oatmeal in a Jar

3-4 servings 6-7 servings
Place ingredients in the Jar PINT QUART
Regular Rolled Oats 1 cup 2 cups
Carrots, Dehydrated shredded 1/4 cup 1/2 cup
Apples, Dehydrated, chopped 1/4 cup 1/2 cup
Chicken broth powder 1/2 tsp 1 tsp
Sugar 3 TBS 1/3 cup
Vanilla Flavoring Powder 1/2 tsp 1 tsp
Pumpkin Pie Spice 1/2 tsp 1 tsp
Non Fat Dry Milk 1/4 cup 1/2 cup
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1/8 cup chopped walnuts can be added to the jar, but it changes the shelf life of the jar from 15 years to 5 years.

Cooking Directions

Place the ingredients in a sauce pan. Add 2 1/2 cups water to the pint size recipe or 5 cups water to the quart recipe. Bring to a slow boil, reduce heat and simmer 10-12 minutes. Stir occasional. Add additional water if necessary

The secret to this recipe is the shredded dehydrated carrots. The only place I have found them to buy is at Honeyville Foods (weblink below) Do not substitute dehydrated diced carrots for the shredded carrots because it changes the recipe to much.

This meal can be made in a regular mouth canning jar. Wash the jar in the dish washer and then let it air dry overnight to make sure it is dry. Also wash the measuring cups and measuring spoons and let them air dry for hours. Its very important to keep moisture away from the ingredients. Layer the ingredients in the jar in the order given. Shake the spices and powdered milk down into the apples to help keep them separated. Place an Oxygen Absorber in the top of the jar or use a Foodsaver to remove the air and seal the jar. Click this link on the Introduction lesson on making meals in a jar.

I first found this recipe on Chef Tess’s website Chef Tess Carrot Cake Breakfast Pudding I made a few jars and I have to give Chef Tess credit because liked the recipe.  I was spending about $5.50 to make a pint sized jar and then I decided to cut out the fat, pudding and excessive spices and flavorings. The first change I made to the recipe was when I chopped some dehydrated apple slices instead of using Freeze Dried apples. The second change I made was to cut out the butter. I’ve been replacing butter with chicken broth for years, it give a very buttery taste without all the fat. (Click here to see an example of this practice in the creamed peas and potato recipe) Because I put chicken broth powder in the recipe I took out the salt. I cut back on the shredded carrots and added a little bit more oatmeal because I am not a big fan of carrots. The next change I made was to decrease the unnecessary spices because they were making the oatmeal bitter and that’s why more sugar was needed. I love the powdered flavorings but 3-5 teaspoons of flavoring plus vanilla pudding in one meal is seriously way to much!

I love making meals in a jar because I can adjust the recipes. I make a few meals and adjust the recipe until I get it the way I like it and then I make a whole batch of jars for my food storage.

I’m giving all of you a challenge to try both recipes and then come back to my website and write a review. I admit the Chef Tess version tastes wonderful, it’s creamy and who doesn’t love butter? Her recipe $5.50 for one pint has 427 calories per serving. This recipe costs $1.25 for a pint and has 313 calories per serving. YAHOO! Not only did I save on calories but The cost savings is huge! If I made this recipe once a week for a year, which is 52 pint jars, that would be a savings of $195.00.

I teach these classes to groups of people and I have built a spreadsheet with all the costs of the ingredients. When you get ready to make some jars, contact me and I will tell you where I purchased my ingredients and how much you need to buy for the number of jars you want to make.

Almond Peach Quick Oatmeal with Quick Oats

Almond Peach Oatmeal in a Jar Recipe

Almond Peach Oatmeal in a Jar Recipe

3-4 servings 6-7 servings
Put Ingredients in the Jar PINT QUART
Quick Oats 1 1/4 cup 2 1/2 cup
Freeze Dried Peaches 1/4 cup 1/2 cup
Non Fat Dry Milk 1/4 cup 1/2 cup
Chicken broth powder 1/2 tsp 1 tsp
Sugar 3 TBS 1/3 cup
Powdered Almond Flavoring 1 tsp 2 tsp
Cinnamon 1/8 tsp 1/4 tsp
Slivered Almonds, chopped (optional) 1/8 cup 1/4 cup
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Adding chopped almonds to the jar changes the shelf life of the jar from 15 years to 5 years.

This meal can be made in a regular mouth canning jar. Wash the jar in the dish washer and then let it air dry overnight to make sure it is dry. Layer the ingredients in the jar in the order given, topping the jar with an Oxygen Absorber or use a Foodsaver to remove the air and seal the jar. See detailed instructions in the Introduction lesson on making meals in a jar. Click Here

Cooking Directions

Place the ingredients in a sauce pan. Add 2 cups water to the pint size recipe or 4 cups water to the quart recipe. Bring to a slow boil, reduce heat and simmer 2-3 minutes. Stir occasionally.  Add additional water if necessary

Single Serving Quick Oatmeal

Single Serving Quick Oatmeal

Sometimes I take a pint size quick oatmeal and mix the ingredients in a bowl. Divide the ingredients between 3 – 3/4 pint jars. (Put about 2/3 cup of the mixture in each of the 3 jars) This size of canning jar is between the pint size jar and the half pint jar – 12 ounce jar. These individual meals can be stored in these jars until ready to cook. Add 1/2 cup of water to a jar, stir and cook in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir again and then cook an additional 20-30 seconds. Watch the oatmeal to make sure it doesn’t boil out of the jar. Add additional water to reach the desired consistence. Let the Oatmeal stand for 1 minute.

Almond Joy Oatmeal with Steel Cut Oats

Steel Cut Oats take about 25 minute to cook on the stove top or this meal can be cooked in a slow cooker overnight.

Almond Joy Oatmeal In a Jar Recipe

Almond Joy Oatmeal In a Jar Recipe

Almond Joy Oatmeal 

Use a quart wide mouth jar

Place ingredients in jar in this order
Steel Cut Oats 2 cups
Chicken Broth Powder 1 tsp
Sugar 1/2 cup
Coconut powdered flavoring 2 tsp
Shredded sweetened Coconut 1/2 cup
Tap the dry ingredients down into the oatmeal and then stir the coconut down into the powdered milk so it won’t form a clump
Place mini chocolate chips and almonds in a baggie, Press all of the air out, twist the baggie and place in the jar
Mini Chocolate Chips 1/2 cup
Slivered Almonds, chopped 1/2 cup
If the baggie won’t fit into the jar press down on the coconut to help pack it down into the jar. I use a half pint jar to do this.
Place an Oxygen Absorber on top

 

Shelf life of the jar 5 years

Cooking Instructions 
Line a 3-4 quart slow cooker with a cooking bag or spray the cooker with Pam nonstick spray.   Place jar of oatmeal in the slow cooker.  (do not put the chocolate chips and almonds in the slow cooker).  Stir in 7 cups of water.  Turn the slow cooker on low and cook for 6-7 hours.

Put cooked oatmeal in the bowls, add additional milk if desired and stir.  Sprinkle with 1 TBS mini chocolate chips and 1 TBS chopped slivered almonds

Calories per serving – 283 without chocolate chips, 353 with chocolate chips.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies In A Jar

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies in a Jar

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies in a Jar

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies in a Jar
In the bottom of a wide mouth quart jar
Regular rolled Oats 1 1/2 cup
Flour 1 cup
Mix in a bowl and then place in a baggie, place baggie in the jar
Sugar 1/2 cup
Brown Sugar, packed 1/2 cup
Baking Soda 1/2 tsp
Baking Powder 1/2 tsp
Salt 1/2 tsp
Dry powdered whole egg 2 TBL
Powdered Vanilla Flavoring 1 tsp
In a small baggie, place the baggie in the top of the jar
Raisins 1/2 cup
Oxygen Absorber in the top

 

Printable Recipe with cooking instructions and Jar Tag for Oatmeal Raisin Cookies in a Jar

I decided to be brave and enter some baked items in the 2014 Utah State Fair. I wanted to see how 4 of my dessert in a jar recipes would compete with recipes that have fresh ingredients. I didn’t have enough self confidence to think I would ever place first, but I thought if I could just get a ribbon on anything I entered I could at least have enough bragging rights to say the jar recipes are just as good as using fresh ingredients. To much of my surprise.. I got a ribbon on everything I entered.
The first place ribbon I received was on the Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. I also won the C & H Sugar award on this recipe.. so there you have it, I have proof this recipe is an award winning recipe and can be stored on the shelf in a jar for 3 years. The cookies I entered in the fair had been stored in a jar for 1 year. The raisins weren’t as soft as when I placed them in the jar so I put the baggie of raisins in a little bit of hot water and let them soak for about 5 minutes. I then drained off the water and poured the raisins on a paper towel and blotted them dry before adding them to the cookie dough.

Store Oatmeal Cookies in a Jar for food storage

Store Oatmeal Cookies in a Jar for food storage



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Meal in a Jar - Oatmeal Recipes

Meal in a Jar – Oatmeal Recipes

The Oatmeal in a Jar printable file teaches about the Oatmeal Health Benefits and the 3 different kinds of oatmeal that can be used in meals in a jar recipes.  Included is a page that teaches how to store shortening in food storage and a recipe for the cream of mushroom soup that is used in the meat and potato pie meal.  The file highlights products such as powdered milk, chicken broth powder, powdered flavorings, freeze dried and dehydrated fruits that are used in the oatmeal in a jar recipes
The file has 17 pages and includes the 21 recipes with instructions.
Almond Joy Oatmeal
Apple Crisp Breakfast Oatmeal
Apricot Caramel Pecan Oatmeal
Banana Nut Oatmeal
Blueberry Oatmeal
Carrot Cake Breakfast Oatmeal
Cranberry Orange Oatmeal
Peanut Butter Cup Oatmeal
Pina Colada Oatmeal
Raisin Walnut Oatmeal
Strawberry Cheesecake Oatmeal
Apple Spice Quick Oatmeal
Peach Almond Quick Oatmeal
Raspberry lemonade Quick Oatmeal
Tropical Paradise Quick Oatmeal
Almond Joy Slow Cooker Oatmeal
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Glazed Apple Oatmeal Muffins
Meat and Potato Pie, Cream Soup Mix
Apple Crisp

 

Purchase the 48 page file with the printable Jar tags for each meal $3.00

 

Understanding some of the Ingredients

When making oatmeal in a jar recipes you need to understand the ingredients. There are 3 different kinds of oatmeal products that can be used in Meal in the Jar recipes.  You can use any brand of Oatmeal but I like using Quaker Oats because it’s a superior brand.

  • Steel-cut oats (also known as Irish oats), are Oats that have been chopped up with steel blades. “This allows for a chewier oatmeal,” and they take about 30 minutes to cook. Steel Cut Oatmeal is the only kind of Oatmeal that can be used in the long cooking process when using a crockpot. Use dehydrated fruit with steel cut oats.
  • Rolled Oats (also known as old-fashioned oats) take less time to cook. When the kernels were processed they were softened by steaming, then run through metal rollers to flatten. It takes about 10-12 minutes to cook rolled oats. Dehydrated fruits or Freeze Dried fruits can be used in recipes with rolled oats. Also multigrain cereal containing rolled oats can be substituted.
  • Quick-cooking oats are rolled even thinner when processed so they will cook in under five minutes. Freeze dried fruits work very well with quick oats. Notice what kind of fruit is used with each different kind of oatmeal. When changing a recipe you can substitute other fruits and flavorings but if the recipe calls for freeze dried fruit, like the quick oatmeal does, then you need to choose a fruit that is freeze dried.

The PDF file below goes into greater depth about the products and the cost difference. Most of the different brands of dehydrated and freeze dried products on the market are similar and measure the same. However, I have found a difference in powdered milk and chicken broth powder products. When comparing milk products look to see how much powder it takes to make one cup of milk. In these recipes I use powdered milk from Augson and it takes 3 Tablespoons to make 1 cups of milk. When comparing prices look to see how much of the product is used per serving. I am going it use chicken broth powder as an example.

per serving
(1 cup liquid)
# of servings per container Cost per container Cost per serving
Honeyville Shirley brand 1/2 teaspoon

860

$29.95

$0.03

Emergency Essentials 1 Tablespoon

181

$18.95

$0.10

Augason Farms 1/2 teaspoon

921

$18.25

$0.02

As you can see there is a big difference in the cost and measurements between the brands of chicken broth powder. In these recipes when I use 1/2 teaspoon of chicken broth powder I am using a brand that takes 1/2 tsp of powder to make 1 cup of liquid. If you can’t find a chicken broth powder in your area you can substitute another brand (as long is it’s a dry product) If the product calls for 1 teaspoon of granule or powder to make 1 cup of broth then you need to make an adjustment in the recipe and put 1 teaspoon in these recipes instead of 1/2 teaspoon. Some brands are also stronger in flavor than other brands so make one recipe and then make a note if you need to increase or decrease the measurement next time you try the recipe. I use Augason Farms brand Chicken Bouillon in my recipes because it doesn’t have MSG


Powder Egg Products

Egg products are different among the different brands. Each brand takes a different amount of water to hydrate the eggs. Each brand has a different shelf life. Each brand reacts differently after the can is opened… for example: Some brands tell you to store the eggs in the refrigerator after the can is opened and to use the product within 30 days. Other brands tell you it’s safe to keep the opened can on the shelf (unrefrigerated) for 1 year. It is VERY important to understand the powder egg product that you purchase so that you don’t get sick. In my recipes that take whole egg I use Augason brand because it doesn’t have to be refrigerated after the can is open and when the egg is sealed in a Jar it has a 10 year shelf life. I am not a sales representative for any products but I put the link to the Augason website so that you can find the produces I use in my recipes. I have found Augason brand eggs at Windco, Walmart and Macey’s Grocery stores. I watch for the product to go on sale and usually buy it at Macey’s when they have case lot sales.

Powder Milk Products
Another product that I like to buy from Augason is the Morning Moo Low fat powdered Milk. In January 2015 I pulled a year old jar of the Almond Joy Oatmeal to make it in the slow cooker and the moisture in the coconut made the powder milk kind of clump in the jar. When I was trying to chop the clump out of the jar I decided I better stir the ingredients in the jars before sealing then next time I make them so that the powdered milk will be evenly spaced in the jar.
I had used the powdered milk from Home Storage Center in that jar and I also had problems with this milk in my bread recipes I’m putting in the jars. I have changed my milk to Augason Morning Moo brand of low fat milk and I am having much better luck with this brand. Also when I made this change I noticed my bread has a better taste.

When you start planning your meal project, send me an email and I will help you plan it. One product I was having a hard time finding was the powdered flavorings. You can do a search on Amazon and Emergency Essentials has Powdered Vanilla flavoring

The first place I buy products is the LDS cannery, now called “Home Storage Center”. You can find the location closet to you by clicking on this link Home Storage Center If you don’t live close to a Home Storage Center you can now order products online by clicking on this link Home Storage Center Online Ordering The online ordering is new an going through a lot of changes as they add products so keep checking back. I believe the prices include shipping but I’m still not sure. the products I purchased from the Home Storage Center for these recipes are the quick and regular oats, powdered milk, sugar and apple slices. My favorite place to buy Freeze Dried and Dehydrated products is at Honeyville. The shipping is such a good price that sometimes I order the products online and have it shipped to my house for the same amount it would cost me to drive from my house to the salt lake store. The shipping is one flat rate so it costs the same amount to ship one can or 20 cans. Their sale prices are very fair too, unlike Emergency Essentials. I stopped shopping at Emergency Essentials because they raise the price of their products so they can say their sales price is 30-50% off. bumbleb2bumbleb2right

Introduction to Meals in a Jar

The class teaches how to prepare the meals for long term storage and also when its ok to use a zip lock freezer bag for 1 year storage for some recipes. The class teaches how to calculate the shelf life of the recipe. This class teaches the difference between Freeze Dried and Dehydrated Ingredients, and how to customize a recipe for dietary needs.

Click here for the Introduction to Meals in a Jar webpage

Introduction to Meals in a Jar

Introduction to Meals in a Jar

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Oxygen Absorbers and using the Foodsaver

 

The class teaches how to prepare the meals for long term storage with Oxygen Absorbers and the FoodSaver

 

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Desserts in a Jar

Dessert recipes are great to have in food storage because they are quick and easy to fix. I love pulling a jar off the shelf knowing I have all of the ingredients and I don’t have to run to the store. In 2014 decided to enter a couple of the recipes in the state fair to see how they would compare to recipes with fresh ingredients and was excited to bring home a first and second place ribbon. Now I can say they are award winning recipes

Dessert recipes in a jar

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